How to Keep Motivated with an Empty Diary: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of “How to Keep Motivated with an Empty Diary” where I’ll be sharing two more of my personal tips on this topic with you. Let’s jump straight into it.

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TIP NO. 5: LEVERAGE THE POWER OF ACCOUNTABILITY

This one is one of my personal favorites. While under normal circumstances, accountability comes with the territory – you want to do a good job at a concert/don’t want to let other people down – without clear performance goals, this may be something you need to create artificially. There are a few ways to do that:

a) Hire a music teacher/coach

If you’re at a later stage of your career, this doesn’t even necessarily need to be a teacher of the same instrument or musical medium you use. Sometimes choosing that route may even open up new horizons for you. Investing money into lessons and having another person listen to you is likely to help motivate you.

b) Create an accountability “pod”.

Ask a friend to work along with you. You can check on each other’s progress. Again, the fact that there’s another person relying upon you is a powerful motivator.

c) Take advantage of online resources

This has recently been recommended to me. For instance, there are Facebook groups dedicated solely to this purpose. I’m including two of them for flute players below but I’m confident you can find others focused around your instrument/musical medium.

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TIP NO. 5 DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE TIME OFF

This may sound counterintuitive but rest is actually productive! Obviously, you need to find the right balance but in my opinion, there’s no need to grind 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You’d actually be making yourself a disservice.

I personally take a day or two without playing the flute altogether every week and a longer time off during the holidays. It took me a while to be ok with this but trust me, it will do wonders not just for your overall sanity and health but scheduling rest consistently will actually help improve your playing!

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